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Phelan: Utd would have signed CR7 or Bale if Ferguson was in charge
Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has insisted that the Old Trafford club would have made a massive signing this past summer… if Ferguson were still in charge.
Whilst Phelan was non-commital on the identity of the mystery world class signing, he did hint that the player was either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale.
With Moyes at the helm, Manchester United failed to make any of their targeted marquee signings this summer, with Fellaini the only addition of substance.
Phelan suggests, however, that had Ferguson and David Gill still been in charge, that the very highest calibre of player would have signed for Manchester United.
He said, “if Sir Alex and David Gill had still been the bosses, I won’t name the player, but there would have been a star signing – one of the absolute best players in the world.”
“It was something the boss talked about, and the owners and David Gill were also quite clear on doing it.”
“There’s very few of such players out there. I think it’s clear to everybody who I’m talking about. We didn’t see the need for a big clear-out of the squad, that’s why Sir Alex and I had one big signing in sight.”
Based on Phelan’s description and the rumours that were swirling all summer, the only logical players that would fit that mould are Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale – with an honourable mention being granted to Mesut Ozil who signed for Arsenal this summer.
Rather than being a point of intrigue for most United fans, however, this news will come as a potentially distressing sign of the lack of allure that comes with United under David Moyes.
If, as Phelan suggests, Ronaldo or Bale might have signed for United with Fergie in charge, it demonstrates that they were unimpressed with Moyes enough not to sign at all.
With United’s form dwindling, this will come as a worry to many of the Old Trafford faithful as many are calling for January reinforcements.